Where Do Most Car Accidents Occur?
The answer may surprise you.
An accident could happen to anyone at any time, and in some places, it could appear more likely. For example, millions of motorists are intimidated by highly congested areas like freeways, roundabouts, and city streets, where it seems an accident could happen more often. Of course, you must approach these bustling places with great caution to avoid a crash. However, despite popular belief, statistics show that none of them are where an accident is most likely to occur in the United States.
Most Crashes Happen Close to Home
Most accidents actually happen on rural roads, in residential areas, and in places close to home. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 52% of nonfatal accidents happen within 5 miles of the driver’s residence, and around 77% occur within 15 miles of the driver’s home. Conversely, most fatal accidents happen within 25 miles of the driver’s home.
While urban areas have seen fewer accidents and fatalities nationally, the gap between rural and urban accidents is closing. It has been since the mid-2000s, and the numbers vary drastically by state. For instance, in Massachusetts, 85% of accident fatalities occurred on city streets, while a mere 15% happened on rural roads and highways. In contrast, a state like Maine has seen 97% of traffic accident deaths occur on rural roads.
Practice Safe Driving Habits Everywhere
Although they are statistically not the most likely area for an accident, urban areas are still high-risk for drivers and pedestrians alike. That’s why you should always practice safe and defensive driving habits whenever possible to minimize the impact of an accident as much as possible.
Safe driving habits include:
- Avoiding speeding
- Never drinking and driving
- Keep a safe following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you
- Limit distractions
- Always signal your intentions (like using your turning signal)
In the event of an accident due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced accident attorney will thoroughly evaluate your case and guide you through the insurance claims process from beginning to end. At The Goss Law Firm, we will treat your case like our own and leave no stone unturned to make things right again for you and your family.
Involved in a Car Accident? Call The Goss Law Firm Today
No matter where you are, an accident could happen instantly and have a tremendous impact on you and your well-being. Fortunately, you don’t have to bear the weight of it alone, and you may qualify for a significant payout. At The Goss Law Firm, we have a track record of success in recovering the compensation our clients need and deserve. So, if you or a loved one has recently been in an accident through no fault of their own, speak with us at no cost upfront to you. We won’t get paid until you do.
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